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Wednesday, December 07, 2016 9:16 AM
Thanksgiving is over, and now we get down to the real serious business of decorating, etc. I have already seen a lot of neat scenes and decorated houses. It’s nice to see the farm site along Highway 52, between Chatfield and Marion, is up and rolling. I always look forward to see what they are going to put up each year. I have never been disappointed.
  • Be thankful for Thanksgiving, people who share in it
    The house smells like turkey again today. That is because I am cooking turkey soup stock from the carcass that had been in the freezer, and the aroma of course reminds me of this and past Thanksgivings.
  • Take time to enjoy the festivities of the season
    I’m not sure how I’m looking at the calendar and seeing December at the top of my appointment book. I know it’s cliché to say that “time flies” or “I don’t know where the time went.” However, as I look back over the past year, I enjoyed so many events with my family, experienced personal milestones and attended numerous community events, all of which seem to have occurred “just yesterday.”
  • Enjoy an adventure racing for charities
    Most every day I enjoy accessing and reading articles on the outdoors, travel, history and more on the internet. I recently ran across perhaps the craziest, most fun, most dangerous fundraising races ever, so of course I have to share. I mean, the descriptions made me both laugh and also shake my head in bewilderment… you deserve to do the same, too.
  • Thanksgiving is over, and now we get down to the real serious business of decorating, etc. I have already seen a lot of neat scenes and decorated houses. It’s nice to see the farm site along Highway 52, between Chatfield and Marion, is up and rolling. I always look forward to see what they are going to put up each year. I have never been disappointed.
  • Your new Christmas outfit is absolutely perfect.
  • All the eagles are above average in Haines, Alaska
    There was muffled applause as two eagles, each in its own pet carrier, were moved to a table set not far from the Chilkat River near Haines, Alaska. The applause was muffled because it was a cold November day and people were wearing mittens and gloves. Many people had gathered to see the release of two rehabilitated eagles. The eagles were stars. It was hard not to take a photo of someone taking a photo. It was like a world wrapped in bacon for a man who really loves bacon. It was a perfect time. 
  • Detailed dress code now antiquated
    The visible piercings, including a nose ring, didn’t necessarily disqualify a woman who came in for a job interview a couple years ago. However, the flip-flops on her feet moved her application to the bottom of the pile. 
  • Star Trek experience is more than entertainment
    A week or so ago I wrote in this diary about having missed two important dates this fall. The first was in September, the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek. The second reminded me of having missed the first: it was Space Week in October.
  • I learned a long time ago that the more I focus on the blessings I have in my life, giving thanks for each and every one, the happier I am. Even though I know that to be the truth, that doesn’t mean I always practice what I know.
  • Thanksgiving plans include Prep Bowl football
    Happy Thanksgiving everybody. By the time you read this the actual Thanksgiving celebration will be over, but the feeling of Thanksgiving is something that should continue for the entire year. We are so blessed here in the United States of America. We have people protecting us and caring for us 24 hours a day, seven days a week and every week of the entire year. We should be so thankful!
  • Olympic skater writes children’s book sharing message of kindness
    Everybody thinks you’re a pretty nice kid.
  • Natural wonders abound in Haines, Alaska
    I watched bald eagles feeding in November upon spawned-out chum salmon in an area outside Haines, Alaska, where a reservoir of warm water kept the Chilkat River from freezing. Each bald eagle eats around a pound of salmon each day. There were over 2,000 eagles counted. That’s a lot of salmon lunches.
  • Special days provide plenty of choices  for holiday shopping, giving, even hiking
    I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday. It’s not that I’m philosophically opposed to the frenzied day. It’s more a practical matter. Our small business can’t afford to take two holidays in a row for all our employees since we still have deadlines to meet and publications to print.
  • Veterans Day was a day filled with celebrations
    It has been very impressive to see how “all out” this area goes to celebrate Veterans Day. Yes, the banks and post offices all over the country close, and in many areas there are school programs intended not only for the students but also for the public. But, in my experience, the public is pretty absent at those events.
  • Embracing new career fulfills a longtime dream
    When I was a little girl, one of my favorite places to be was our Harmony library. I loved looking at the books lined up on the shelves and loved hearing the sound of a binding cracking as I opened the cover. Sometimes I simply held the book and flipped through the pages, not even attempting to read the words. I simply loved the image of black type on white pages.
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